As mentioned in my previous post, I am planning on building a bread
Obviously, I need a waterproof glue but I'm not sure which glue gives
the best performance in terms of long-term strength, water-resistance,
I am leaning towards using epoxy (West Systems) but am also considering
other watherproof glue choices like Tightbond III or polyurethane glue.
Any suggestions regarding pros/cons for this application?
If you're concerned about suitability for food contact, be sure to read
the label or call the manufacturer. I believe my bottle of Titebond II
says it's ok for indirect food contact, Titebond III is probably the same
When you get to finishes for the cutting board, there's plenty of recent
discussion in the archives about what to use.
Never teach your apprentice everything you know.
1. You don't need water proof, water resistant is plenty. You aren't - or
at least shouldn't be - doing anymore than wiping it off with a damp rag.
Most of the time there is no point in doing even that with bread, just brush
off the crumbs.
2. Epoxy is OK but so is TiteBond ll. My bread board was glued with that 16
years ago and is still going strong.
I completely agree, TB II is plenty, but if you have III go ahead and
use it. OTOH, polyurethane failed me completely. I have really gone off
the stuff, TB II or TB III is my goto glue these days.
I used Elmer's Wood Workers glue 35 years ago figuring if it ever came
apart I could re-glue the sucker. I made it, (and a bunch of others as
gifts) out of firewood, maple, cherry and walnut. Not one ever came
apart, and they have been washed in soap and water 1000's of times. I
wouldn't put them in the dishwasher, nor soak them for long periods in
hot dish water, but I wouldn't be surprised if the wife has done both.
My guess is Titebond II is the exact same stuff. Oh, the finish I used
is air, regular air from Pittsburgh.
If it were me (and it was) I'd use whatever I normally use to glue wood,
and not wring my hands over it. If it ever comes apart (not likely)
find a woodworker you know to re-glue it.
64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday.
I use yellow Elmer's carpenter's glue for cutting boards. None have
fallen apart, but I don't soak them in water either. Not sure what
other ingredients are added for outdoor glues, so that makes me leery.
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